First, no official word on Ryan Callahan. It sure didn’t look good, as if he reinjured the same knee. No idea on his availability for Sunday.
I will put up the Rangers’ post-game notes package later or in the morning.
“You try to ride the momentum as long as you can; when you’re losing you try to end it as quickly as possible. We’re just at a fortunate time of the year. We’re riding it and the guys feel good about themselves.”
“We’re loose. I think the pressure’s on them. We’re just trying to find out way, and we feel very comfortable playing on the road. Again tonight there was still a nice confidcnce on our team, and not being too uptight, even after they scored the first goal. We fight, we win another game and it gives us another opportunity in Game 82 to see if we can get in.”
On his team’s ability to take punches, like the goal at :40, and then losing a 3-1 lead:
“They’re better. I think it is a confidence. We have of late come back, a number of times, losing some games and come back. You’re at the end of the line here, and I really think that changes a mind(set). You’re at the end of the line and so you just let it all hang out and try to do the beat you can, because if you don’t get it done, you’re done. It may sound funny, you may think that adds more pressure, but it changes your mindset. I think the guys have really grabbed ahold of that. And winning breeds confidence.”
“I think we were counted out a couple of weeks ago by a number of people and we just decided we’re not going to count ourselves out.”
“We weren’t in a good position the last two weeks or three weeks. Now one game left and it’s our destiny, in our hands. I think we’ve accomplished a lot.”
“We were in a pretty bad situation a few weeks ago, knowing that we basically had to almost go undefeated. And we’ve played really well, and it feels pretty good to have one game (to win) to get into the playoffs.
“I think the consistency factor, the confidence we have to win games, is a lot different now because of this stretch run and the amount of games we’ve had to win. I think that’s changed in our lockerroom, that throughout a game we stay calm and know we can get it done.”
On Dan Girardi fighting Scott Hartnell, who had rocked rookie Artem Anisimov:
“I think that just tells how our team has been down the stretch here. A lot of people were writing the season off and we just kept fighting in here for one another and kept going and that’s the way we’ve been playing. We’ve been playing with that team toughness, we’ve been playing just thinking about each other in here, and caring about each other in here, and trying to find a way to get it done with the 25 guys we have in this lockerroom. So, a big play by him, and those are the things that help teams win.”
“We haven’t accomplished anything yet. We haven’t accomplished anything until we find ourselves Sunday night in the top eight there. After that, that’s when we’re going to say we’ve accomplished something. Then it’s going to end there again and we’re going to start over an dhave a bigger goal. But right now, our job’s not done. Like Torts said, it’s just another opportunity. We have another opportunity to play for something big on Sunday, and we’re excited and we’ll be ready for it.”
“After the Boston game we talked about never giving up. We showed it a lot of games. Stay in our bubble, whatever happens keep working and good things will happen. A lot of games in the year, we had a tough time to find that, but going down the stretch here we really stepped up. It is pretty cool to be in the last game of the year. It feels like a Game 7. I think we earned it, to be there.”